I actually came to the Gears party a bit late as I was introduced to it by my brother a year after it first released (Thanksgiving of 2007). I was visiting his house for the holidays with my daughter and her mother and being the fans of couch co-op, started up a game. I was immediately hooked so when my brother's 52" Panasonic rear-projection TV bit the dust mid-game, we were crushed, but we soldiered on ... with a 20" or so TV that he brought down from his second floor and we were at it again, though in a MUCH smaller space. Ever since then I have made it a point to pick up each Gears, both for the gritty, ruined world of Sera and for the couch co-op / co-op campaign possibilities. Gears of War 4 is the latest installment in the venerable franchise, and while it misses on some aspects, it most certainly scratches that itch that only a Lancer can reach.